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You've got to try this if you love chocolate!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

I tried a few new recipes this weekend and this is my favorite. I found it in my collection. It's easy to make and soooooooooo good!

Chocolate Avocado Shake

Makes 2 servings (but could actually be 3-4 since a serving is plenty)

I ripe avocado, halved and pitted
1 1/2 C vanilla almond milk or milk of your choice
3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (I used 2 Tbsp of dark chocolate cocoa)
3 Tbsp brown sugar or maple syrup, or to taste
2 Tbsp semisweet chocolate chips, melted or nondairy choc chips
1 Tbsp vanilla extract, or to taste
12 ice cubes

Scoop avocado into a blender; add milk, cocoa, brown sugar, or maple syrup, melted chocolate and vanilla. Pulse and puree until smooth. Add ice and puree until thick and frosty.

381 calories per serving (1 3/4 C)

I put half of this in the refridgerator and drank it later on after blending again.

Let me know if you try it and what you thought of it.

  
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 3/8/2014 9:26PM

    YUM. I like to use raw cacao powder for the chocolate and maple syrup. Try it sometimes. emoticon

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RELISA4HEALTH 2/21/2014 7:38PM

    Unfortunately , I can not have chocolate. I have made other shakes using avocado. I have a Nutra-Bullet that makes a lot of health drinks. For awhile my husband and I were making these .

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HABITATVITALITY 1/20/2014 8:12PM

    Oh gosh, that doesn't sound good, but I am sure it is DELICIOUS! LOL

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LACEYKYLE 12/30/2013 5:19PM

    I'm going to try this as soon as I get an avocado! Sounds yum!!!

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LOSTLIME 12/29/2013 11:58AM

    Sounds good! I will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing!

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IGNITEME101 12/29/2013 11:52AM

    LOVE CHOCOLATE AND AVOCADO! I look forward to trying this recipe!

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VBPARROTHEAD 9/18/2013 9:23PM

  Very interesting. I think that I will try it after I grocery shop again and have all of the ingredients.


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WERSPBUDDIES 3/25/2013 8:34PM

    YUMMY

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NANCYPAT1 3/18/2013 6:38AM

    Sounds yummy

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NYARAMULA 3/18/2013 1:44AM

    Love chocolate, will definitely try this.

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MNNICE 3/17/2013 10:07PM

    Would never have thought of putting chocolate with avocado, but I love both so may give it a try!

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MERRYMARY42 3/17/2013 8:34PM

    sounds interesting, I will copy it

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GAILRUU 3/17/2013 7:44PM

    That sounds really good.

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Zuchinni-how on earth????????????

Saturday, September 01, 2012

We started with 2 plants in the garden this spring and wow!! We have more zuchinni than I know what to do with. I've been giving it away and I still have so many.............I made a couple of new recipes this morning. Does anyone have a tasty recipe made with zuchinni that they would be willing to share? I just haven't found some that I would make again.

  
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HABITATVITALITY 1/20/2014 8:15PM

    HAHA, I'm in the same situation, I had 5 plants!! I was giving them away to the homeless people for their weekly cookups! And they are still growing!

2 plants died a natural death, but the other 3 are STILL going. One of my favourite is stuffed zucchini - remove the inside and stuff with mince/onion mix etc. and bake.

If you google search zucchini recipes you'll find a stack. This morning I made baked vegetables for breakfast and added a zucchini in there!

Zucchini's zucchini's everywhere!

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GENRE009 12/30/2013 8:02PM

    next time you make something you need noodles with use them after they have cooked in boiling water for 3 minutes like noodles, make sure they are cool when you lice them like noodles. you saved on calories, and they are healthier. still hooked on brownies, throw them into a high powered blender, then pour them into your brownies. they take the calories now, and are lighter in calories, and fill you up. Do the same with meat loaf, or use half meat & substitute the other portion with lentil beans & use there. Put them into vegetable soup, you want to binge., then eat that, don't put salt into it cause certain veg's are naturally containing salt. Stuff them with pilaf rice & cheese & use thick tomato sauce with it, or 3 minutes cooking, then cool down, then kind of gut & save interior & mix with rice, then put low fat cheese on and let cook about 45 minutes in the oven on 350. I hope this helps you. if you really don't know how to cook them use the internet to find recipes, but tweek them to make them healthier. Eat raw with only two tables spoons of hummus( that smashed chic peas & olive oil & lemon). Put them raw into your salads. take care eva

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IMAVISION 4/13/2013 1:19AM

    This is a little late; however, I thought I would share my favorite way to prepare & enjoy zucchini.

Cut into half inch coins - fry in just a tiny bit of light olive oil. Leftovers freeze well - I spread them on a cookie sheet & freeze solid before bagging them for later use.

We eat them as a veggie dish or with tomato slices & eggplant (prepared the same way).

God bless!

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MIAJOEB 1/27/2013 3:48PM

    Believe it or not I shred them and put them in my smooties Can't taste them at all ...
I put fruit in the smoothies and flax seed and chia seeds and protein powder...
but only in the summer...
But I just love zucchini any time ... Have you tried Chef Meg's recipe's

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ELSCO55 9/2/2012 10:18AM

    WIsh I had your gardening skills.

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HYDEEKIN 9/2/2012 9:30AM

    I shred it then freeze it. I use it in things like meatloaf and spaghetti sauce.

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GOPINTOS 9/2/2012 9:16AM

    That is awesome! We were so dry here, (I tried to water to no avail) or else I would have had them out my ears also emoticon

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Dr Oz Show Fans Team

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IMREITE 9/2/2012 2:53AM

    if it is young zucchini it can be eaten raw in salads or with a veggie dip. i have made zucchini bars, bread and cake. i have also shredded and frozen some for later.

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BUBBLEJ1 9/1/2012 5:38PM

    I grate zucchini, cook it off in a pan (like I would an onion... usually with the onion!) and add it to tomato based pasta dishes, ground meat (great for tacos) and stir fries. Easy way to get in the veggies!

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BARCLE 9/1/2012 5:32PM

    yum - I love zucchini in a ratatouille emoticon

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WALIDGAZALA 9/1/2012 4:55PM

    I like it
And I buy it for good money and not always fresh.

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ARNETTELEE 9/1/2012 4:53PM

  Lucky you.... you don't have to buy zucchini. Oh well...

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Kevin Costner

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I just saw an advertisement that Kevin Costner and his band will be playing at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake this coming Friday. I am a fan of Costner's but have never heard him sing or play. Has anyone? And if so, would you recommend going to his gig? I am considering purchasing a ticket, but don't want to spend the cash to be disappointed. If you have an opinion, I would really like to hear it. emoticon emoticon

  
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HABITATVITALITY 1/20/2014 8:16PM

    Gosh, he is good at everything! LOL

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GOPINTOS 10/1/2012 8:33PM

    I know this is an old blog.... but couldnt resist reading anything Kevin Costner. A few years ago, he played in Columbia MO. I got tickets for 3 of my girlfriends for their Christmas gifts, and we all went. It was a blast!! And Kevin can sing, but it wouldn't have matter to us if he couldnt haha.

And outside on the sidewalk, we walked right past this other dude that ppl were asking for his autograph. We didnt know who he was. Later Kevin said that Carl Edwards, is that his name, the race car driver? He is from Columbia but we didnt know who he was.

Anyways, we love Kevin :)

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DMF2012 7/10/2012 11:01AM

    I didn't know either - Google it.

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NYARAMULA 7/9/2012 12:55AM

    I thought he was an actor, when did he start singing?

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Less sugar-More energy

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I am just about to complete my second week of decreasing my sugar intake. The first week was all about tracking my sugar intake and taking inventory of my diet in relationship to sugar. I realized that I am NOT a sugar junkie as previously thought. My problem is craving something sweet once per day. My most difficult time of the day is evening. Which means that alot of my craving is psychological or out of boredom, since sweet treats surround much of my work day.
This second week, I really began looking at food labels to see where added sugars hide. I have had some good days and some weak days (when I caved again). And I have started to experience how much better I feel when I don't consume added sugars. My goal is to be satisfied with a piece of fruit instead of ice cream, desserts or candy. My new go-to sweet at night, with my cup of hot tea, are a few dried prunes. Seems to satisfy my sweet tooth and also helps keep me regular since that is a new problem since my hypothyroidism.
I hope week three will get me even closer to my goal. I would appreciate any words of wisdom or new ideas that work for you.

I AM READY FOR WEEK 3--BRING IT ON!!

  
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ILOVELIFE2012 6/3/2012 10:14AM

    I never thought of eating dried prunes to satisfy a sweet tooth......((adding to my shopping list now))!
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HICALGAL 5/16/2012 1:59AM

    oatmeal or yogurt with ground flax, (banana, froz blueberries or dried fruit) and cinnamon.

micro-melted dark choc and dip froz banana in it..makes the choc crunchy/chewy (yum!)

also mix nuts (almonds fave) w/melted choc...its my cleaned up version of choc covered almonds..low sugar & good fats

if u like dark choc..the very high in cacao is VERY low in sugar per serv

grapes! the sweeter..the better!

nuts w/dried fruit (the protein and fat from nuts slows down the absorption of sugar into blood stream)

keep up the good work!

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SLJWATTS 5/12/2012 1:33PM

    I love it that you found out that you were not a sugar junckie!- Great plans are built on real ideas- good job- I hope you are able to replace with healthier things and be successful- you give me hope.

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1CHUBBYBROAD 5/6/2012 11:48AM

    I eat a yogurt - very slowly - in the evening when I crave something sweet.

Good Luck!

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BARBWMS 5/6/2012 11:48AM

    It's not been a big passion for me, but my new passion is raspberries... just the right amount of sweetness at an incredibly low calorie count. Good luck!

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So Nice!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Today at work, we were treated to lunch at the Country Club( in our small town) for Administrative Professional Day. We can also get a complimentary chair massage before or after our lunch. When finished eating, they told us to check underneath our plates for a sticker. If you had one, you could choose from a gift certificate for a massage or a spring plant in a pot. It was a nice chance to visit with other professionals and we enjoyed ourselves--what a nice break in our busy day! I would be interested to learn how others are appreciated by their workplace. Hope to hear from you!

  
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/26/2012 10:22AM

    Love your gratitude for the blessings in your life!

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